"An absolute fleecing by Rob Blake" "For a team that bought CapFriendly": NHL fans react to Kings trading Pierre-Luc Dubois to Capitals

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Washington Capitals acquire Pierre-Luc Dubois in trade with Los Angeles Kings for Darcy Kuemper

The Washington Capitals traded for Pierre-Luc Dubois from the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Kings got goaltender Darcy Kuemper. No salary was retained.

Pierre-Luc Dubois joined the Kings last year and signed an eight-year, $68 million contract. In the 2023-24 season, he had 16 goals and 40 points in 82 games, averaging 15:42 per game. In the playoffs, he scored one goal in five games.

Sportsnet shared the news on X and fans started reacting to it.

A fan questioned whether the Capitals were effectively using CapFriendly.

"For a team that bought CapFriendly, do they even use CapFriendly?" a fan commented.
"An absolute fleecing by Rob Blake," another fan added.
"What are we doing here with no picks or salary retention, Caps!!!" one X user said.

Here are some more reactions from fans on X.

"Not a terrible gamble by the Caps given their situation at C and a great move by the Kings addressing a weakness and getting out of that deal. I’ve been wrong about PLD a few times but I’ve seen him be so goddamn good, it’s shocking what he’s become. Hope he bounces back," one fan said.
"Blake should get GM of the year for not having to retain salary!!" another fan commented.
"Massive Kings W," one fan tweeted.

More details on Pierre-Luc Dubois' trade to Washington Capitals

Pierre-Luc Dubois is changing teams once more. He is joining his fourth NHL team in eight years. Dubois was initially drafted third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016. He later played for the Winnipeg Jets before joining the Kings.

Now Dubois is heading to Washington Capitals. Dubois' contract has an average annual value of $8.5 million and lasts until 2031.

On the other side of the trade, the Kings acquire goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper had a 13-14-3 record last season with a .890 save percentage and a 3.31 goals-against average. He's in the third year of a five-year, $26.25 million contract and is set to become a free agent in 2027.

Kuemper has also played for the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche and won the Stanley Cup in 2022.

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Edited by Ribin Peter
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